The Burial of Kojo Movie as a Window into some of Ghana’s Pertinent Issues

The Burial of Kojo debuted on Netflix in April and combines magical realism and realistic depictions of Ghanaian society to tell the story of a girl that journeys between two spaces to save her father from giving up the ghost. The narrative voice in the movie which narrates from opening to end of the movieContinue reading “The Burial of Kojo Movie as a Window into some of Ghana’s Pertinent Issues”

Why Jordan Peele’s US Movie has Inequality Written all Over It

Any literary fanatic knows that the technique of recurrent motifs in a work of art be it literary or visual is a way of sending home an idea. Motif – In a literary work, a motif can be seen as an image, sound, action, or other figure that has a symbolic significance, and contributes toward the development of aContinue reading “Why Jordan Peele’s US Movie has Inequality Written all Over It”

The Western Erasure of African Tragedy

But in the aftermath of the tragedy, many Western media outlets reported the news with unevenly rationed compassion. Some stoked unfounded suspicions about the caliber of the airline itself. Others stripped their reporting of emphasis on Africa almost entirely, framing the tragedy chiefly in terms of its impact on non-African passengers and organizations.

How Similar are the Aquaman and Black Panther Movies?

Khal Drogo is such a baddie! Khal Drogo remains my personal go-to name for Jason Momoa just because I really can not shake off the impression he made on me in the Game of Thrones. His first shirtless entrance onto the set in Aquaman where he gives his back to the camera and then turnsContinue reading “How Similar are the Aquaman and Black Panther Movies?”

Becoming MO and Thoughts on a Premature January Birthday

‘Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result’ – Michelle Obama When I read Becoming Michelle Obama, I suddenly agreed with what she said about growing and its infinite nature. She said she thought it was stupid for adults to ask kids what they wanted to ‘become’ when they grew up; –Continue reading “Becoming MO and Thoughts on a Premature January Birthday”

Should the Conversation surrounding Consent be Culturally Packaged?

This post acknowledges other relationship types but stays within heterosexual relationships for the purpose of this post. Whether we’ve ever copulated, intertwined, fucked or quite colloquially rolled in the sack, no matter the number of times, the act and its frequency simply do not translate into an automatic go-ahead that whoever is welcome without myContinue reading “Should the Conversation surrounding Consent be Culturally Packaged?”

Book Review, – Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston

Foreword  Barracoon is an enclosure where Black slaves were held for a period until they were transported to the New World. Barracoon derives from a Spanish word, Barraca/Barracoon which is the same as Barracks in English. *** In my review of Barracoon, one theme that kept resurfacing is the complete or gradual loss of the AfricanContinue reading “Book Review, – Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston”

Dehumanizing Africa. Why Topography and Animals remain at the Forefront of Conversations

When Taiye Selasie‘s Ted heralding the need to ask questions about where one is a local and not necessarily where one is from played over and over on my phone, one thing stuck with me; the fact that certain places scream positive connotations while other places project only negatives. Duh! We all know this, don’tContinue reading “Dehumanizing Africa. Why Topography and Animals remain at the Forefront of Conversations”

Black Panther – Hidden Messages and Why You Probably Should Know about the Oliphant

When I read La Chanson de Roland, as usual, I was lost in a whirlwind of unfamiliarity and confusion over why this middle age French poem matters. While the protagonist of the poem needed to blow an ivory tusk (Oliphant) for the French king Charlemagne to come to his army’s rescue, simply because the Moors,Continue reading “Black Panther – Hidden Messages and Why You Probably Should Know about the Oliphant”

Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)

 Dr. Negash assigned this book in our 7000 writing class and like any flustered grad student, I decided that I’d read an article or two about it and read the real book later. The one thing that made me come back to this book outside of course my professor’s swearing by it, is the confusionContinue reading “Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)”